The UK collection for Museum of Water is now complete.
Between 2013-2016 Museum travelled across Britain, visiting over 30 different sites across the countries. We travelled as far and wide as we could, from Glasgow to Shoreham, from Swansea to Brightlingsea, and talked to as many people as possible to build this collection with deliberate and kind care.
It is not an exhaustive collection, and of course there are many, many waters we have missed. But it is an offering of some of the ways we used to use water. Completing the collection allows us to gain some perspective and to explore a timeline between distant and recent past, our present situations and the coming future. Moving our focus on from gathering water allows us to put more energy into exploring the current collection. We have a unique and extraordinary archive of recorded voices from people talking to us in intimate detail about their feeling for water, and we are developing ways to make the archive more accessible.
We will continue to show Museum of Water in many different sites worldwide, and to build international collections.
At most sites we have worked with local people to develop cultural programmes to accompany the Museum and to explore the context of water in which this work is being made. Please see here for the wide-ranging programme we curated in collaboration with King’s College London for our summer at Somerset House.
Custodians of the Museum have looked after and explored the collection over years.
Mary Osborn and Alannah Pirrit have been with the Museum since the very beginning, and have been integral to the joy of its making over all this time. Our thanks also go to Cat Harrison, Mark Godber and Judith Knight at Artsadmin and all the producers and supporters of the Museum over the years, and to all the custodians who have worked so tirelessly and with such care.
From 2014-16 the Museum was resident in The Netherlands with the Rotterdamse Schouwburg. We visited many sites, worked in many different communities, and developed an extraordinary programme of work, looking at the fear of water as well as the pleasures of water, tracing the movement of water through our bodies, through the urban management of water, out into water law and imagined future water worlds. We are indebted to the Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Sanneke van Hassel, Anouk Driessen and Jolien Sanderse and all our collaborators in the Netherlands for their brilliance and kindness.
You can visit the Dutch Museum of Water Facebook page for further news on our work in The Netherlands, and see full details of the Dutch programme of works here.
Across 2016-18 Museum of Water is working with Perth International Arts Festival to collect water across the whole of Western Australia. For all information on where you can catch up with Museum of Water in Australia, please visit our Events page or sign up here to get regular updates from us.
You can see details of the cultural programme we have built here.
Donating to Museum of Water is easy
Choose what water is most precious to you.
Find a bottle to put it in.
Come and tell us why you chose it.
We will keep it for you.
Donate in Person at Museum of Water – see the Events pages for more information